Featured Artist: Cross Record

Cross Record is the vehicle for the delicate, doomy compositions of songwriter and visual artist Emily Cross. Her recordings, including the 2016 full-length Wabi Sabi, generally feature minimal yet subtly experimental instrumentation, incorporating tape manipulation, woodwinds, and guitars along with Cross' wispy vocals, but at times they can erupt with distorted drums and swarming horns. As abstract as some of her arrangements may seem, there's a directness to her lyrics, and her songs are gently (and sometimes intensely) hypnotic. Her latest album, self-titled Cross Record, is a contemplative album that features bright yet haunting harmonies and pulsing percussion, all the while remaining effectively minimal. Impactful and powerful moments are achieved gracefully through subtle, foreboding builds (“Dragon”) and in gentle soaring harmonies (“PYSOL My Castle”) throughout the album. Dig into the album below! Launch Pop-Up Playlist

New Releases at TSM

Kick the Door by Betta Lemme:
Gone + Unbleached by TR/ST:
Empire EP by Eli Keszler:
DEAD. by Dead Obies:
Why You So Crazy? by The Dandy Warhols:
Don't Feed The Pop Monster by Broods:
Love Hates What You Become by Lost Under Heaven:
Offering B Sides & Remixes by Cults:
Superfecta by 7Horse:
Evening Machines by Gregory Alan Isakov:
IC-01 Hanoi by Unknown Mortal Orchestra:
Bottle It In by Kurt Vile:
Elsewhere by Ryan Hemsworth:
From The Series of Songs “Altogether Unaccompanied” Vol. III & IV. by :
Darkness Rains by Death Valley Girls:
Character Building by :
Working Class Woman by :
K.O. by : Dig into Miss Red's new album, K.O.
The Diet by Cullen Omori:
Batshit The Remixes by SOFI TUKKER:
Hereditary by Colin Stetson:
Déjàvu by Matty :
Deran by Bombino:
Pink Is The Colour of Unconditional Love by Gabriella Cohen:
Tell Me How You Really Feel by Courtney Barnett:
Treehouse by SOFI TUKKER:
The Other by King Tuff:
Sex & Food by Unknown Mortal Orchestra:
Expensive Hugs by Jarrow:
Cocoa Sugar by Young Fathers:
NUDES by Lucius:
Felt by SUUNS:
Loma by Loma:
Get Mine EP by Cianna Blaze:
Deception Bay by Milk & Bone:
More Disco Songs About Love by De Lux:
Boy Afraid EP by Saro:
After... by Fhloston Paradigm:
Íkaros by Timberwolf:
Lotta Sea Lice by Courtney Barnett & Kurt Vile:

New Signings

Carlos Niño: Carlos Gabriel Niño is an internationally celebrated producer, arranger, composer, musician, radio host, DJ, music consultant, writer, poet, and event organizer from Woodland Hills, California. Niño has been an important force in the contemporary independent music scene since 1995. A prolific artist, Niño has been involved in the production of more than 100 records and has toured with various bands and as a DJ throughout Europe, Japan and the United States.
Tommy Stinson: Bassist of The Replacements, front man/guitarist of Bash & Pop, and longtime member of Guns N’ Roses, Tommy Stinson is a definitive figure in rock that is still very much active to this day.
TR/ST: The dark electronic pop project of Toronto's Robert Alfons, TR/ST began in 2010 with immediate comparisons to the likes of Depeche Mode and Joy Division. Now based in LA, TR/ST's mix of sinuous synth pop and deep vocals highlights industrial and dream pop influences.
Beatrice: Beatrice is an artist that carries you deep into the textured soundscapes of her cinematic bass music. A vocalist, multi-instrumentalist and electronic producer from Melbourne, she has an artistic bipolarity and sophistication that weaves itself through every beat, bar and polyrhythm. Also acting as a co-founder of pop project Haiku Hands, Beatrice has supported acts such as Mark Pritchard, Lapalux, Jon Hopkins, and Eprom, and is the DJ for Australian rapper Joelistics.
Haiku Hands: Haiku Hands, the elusive crew of artists who’s in influence can be felt across live performance, visual art and production have exploded onto the scene with their irresistibly danceable single “Not About You”. The unapologetic Australian trio have quickly earned a fierce reputation for themselves from their formidable and rambunctious live performances that lead audience after audience into utter pandemonium.

Haiku Hands curate, perform and collaborate to form genre bending songs with influences from hip hop, pop, electronic, dance and disco; A tongue in cheek, rave-inspired introduction to the some of the country’s coolest creatives.
Eli Keszler: Eli Keszler is a New York based artist, composer and percussionist. Keszler’s music, installations, and visual work have appeared at the Whitney Museum, Lincoln Center, MIT List Center, 67 Ludlow, Victoria & Albert Museum, Sculpture Center, The Kitchen, South London Gallery, Hessel Museum, Harvard's Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts, Luma-Foundation, Barbican-St. Lukes, Walker Art Center, LAX Art, and MoMA PS1. He has released solo records for Shelter Press, Empty Editions, ESP-DISK', PAN and REL Records. As a composer, Keszler's commissions include: the Icelandic Symphony Orchestra, ICE Ensemble, Brooklyn String Orchestra and So Percussion. Keszler has collaborated with Oneohtrix Point Never, Laurel Halo, Kevin Beasley, Rashad Becker, Laure Prouvost, and David Grubbs among others.
Betta Lemme: Betta Lemme is a Montreal-bred artist who dreams up personality-filled pop with opulent sense of melody, hook, and quirk. Betta first introduced the world to her outrageously magnetic breed of pop with “Bambola”—a three-song EP whose title track landed in heavy rotation after its release in Europe in late 2017, its video amassing over 46 million YouTube views. A trilingual artist of Italian descent, Betta Lemme sings in Italian, French, and English, often threading her vocals through a lavishly textured sound that echoes her eclectic obsessions: orchestral pop from the ’60s, dance music from the ’90s, David Bowie, Missy Elliott, Burt Bacharach.
Pottery: Hailing from across Canada and the UK, Montreal’s Pottery consists of core writers Austin Boylan and Jacob Shepansky, along with Peter Baylis, Paul Jacobs, and Tom Gould. Initially bonding over artists such as Orange Juice, Josef K and Devo, the band creates a sound that combines eclectic traces of post-punk, pop, and dance music, forming an unusual atmosphere that envelopes audiences. While often shrill and jarring, Pottery’s songs simultaneously engage listeners into a hypnotic state. It’s this dualism that binds them together, uncovering harmony within discord.
Broods: Vocalist Georgia Nott and her older multi-instrumentalist brother Caleb Nott are Broods, a cleverly and descriptively named electronic pop duo from Auckland, New Zealand.
Ocie Elliott: Ocie Elliott is musical duo Jon Middleton and Sierra Lundy from Victoria, B.C., Canada. The two met playing music at a festival on the small, wind-swept Salt Spring Island, where their love of music and the chemistry of their voices fostered an instant connection. Their unique blend of contemporary and indie folk music is influenced by artists such as Gillian Welch, Simon & Garfunkel and Angus and Julia Stone, and born of the natural landscape of Canada’s wild west coast.
Soundway Records: Soundway Records is a British-based independent record label founded and run by English DJ and music producer Miles Cleret. It started in 2002 with the release of a compilation of Ghanaian music from the 1970s: ''Ghana Sounds: Afrobeat, Funk & Fusion in '70s Ghana''. Since then the label has released a series of critically acclaimed compilation albums and re-issues of African, Caribbean, Latin and Asian music from the 1950s - 1980s. These include the best-selling compilation "Doing It In Lagos" (2016) and others such as Nigeria Special, Ghana Special & Kenya Special compilation albums that Cleret spent years bringing together. With these compilations alongside a string of highly sought-after rare reissue albums, the label has also began in 2012 to develop a series of original contemporary releases. These include releases from acts such as Batida, Ibibio Sound Machine, Debruit & Alsarah, Ondatropica, The Meridian Brothers, Bomba Estereo, Family Atlantica, Dexter Story, The Heliocentrics, Lord Echo and The Mauskovic Dance Band.
Helena Deland: Helena Deland's sincere pop is poetic and undeniably magnetic. Melodically driven, Deland is equipped with clever word play, lush rock instrumentation, and a myriad of influences spanning anywhere from '60s Parisian pop to fuzz rock.
Cults: Cults made their name in black and white. A pair of film school dropouts who burst onto the New York scene with a perfect single and a darkly retro sound, the band’s first two albums play like noirish documentaries on a lost girl group. Four years after 'Static', Cults returned with 'Offering', an exciting collection of songs bursting with heart, confidence, shimmering melody and buzzing life. The time off has given the band new energy and new ideas–Cults are working in Technicolor now. Madeline Follin and Brian Oblivion, both 28, still live in New York. They still finish each other’s thoughts and still share a love black humor (this is a band that sampled cult leader Jim Jones on their first hit). But the pair have put some blood on the tracks since their breakout debut: they’ve toured the world, built a devoted audience, survived a breakup, grown up in green rooms, parted ways with their old label and made a home of their new one.
Lost Under Heaven: Lost Under Heaven is Ellery Roberts and Ebony Hoorn, the lovers of the title. Ellery's name might be familiar as the frontman of WU LYF, the incendiary Manchester four-piece whose rhetoric, imagery and solitary album described a new model for the untamed fury of youth. Ebony and Ellery met in the band's dying days in 2013. Ellery returned to Manchester from touring and met Ebony (visiting from Amsterdam) in the derelict squat that a group of Manchester based musicians shared. Invoking the primal and forceful; Ellery's raw, distinctive voice, untamed since his teenage days in WU LYF, is counterbalanced by Ebony's cool restraint. Meanwhile, the instrumentation ranges from lush grandeur to jarring stylization.
Ryan Hemsworth: Over the last five years, Ryan Hemsworth has established himself as a versatile figure in music. In the time between Elsewhere and Hemsworth's last solo release, 2014's Alone for the First Time, the 27-year-old artist has kept plenty busy, from putting out the Taking Flight EP along with the second volume in his Ryanpack mixtape series in 2015 to continuing to maintain his Secret Songs label. Hemsworth also hit the road last summer with R&B phenom Tinashe for her Joyride World Tour, and during a week off he took a detour to Atlanta in the interest of scheduling a few recording

The growth is more than evident. Featuring a coterie of guests—from up-and-coming Atlanta artists like YL Stunna and Yakki to rap heavyweights like 21 Savage and Bay Area legend, he's gained a reputation as an adept tastemaker with a golden ear for talent, and an inventive producer capable of switching styles at the drop of a record player needle. Those facets of his E-40— TKTK possesses an impressive level of polish while still retaining the unique melodicism and musicality that Hemsworth's come to be known for. From the blocky percussion and plucked strings of the sunny B La B and Kamo-featuring "Beep Beep," to the gorgeous descending tones running throughout the hard-hitting G Perico collaboration "Don't Fall in Love," Elsewhere is a perfect representation of an artist pushing themselves to new heights while still retaining their core sound.

Above all, Hemsworth wanted to use Elsewhere —which was initially conceived as a mixtape before Last Gang offered to release it as a proper album—as a way to put on some of the brightest new talents in hip-hop, once again embracing his uncanny A&R abilities. One thing's for sure: after Elsewhere hits, plenty of listeners will be more than caught up—further cementing Hemsworth's ability to be constantly ahead of the musical curve, both in choosing the artists he works with and the forward-thinking music he puts to tape along with them.
Lucius: Lucius is an indie pop band, co-founded by lead vocalists and principal songwriters Jess Wolfe, Holly Laessig with Dan Molad on production and drums and the multi-instrumentalist and lead guitarist Peter Lalish.
The Dandy Warhols: From their alternative psych beginnings in the mid-'90s to their brief pop-funk dabblings a decade later, American indie quartet The Dandy Warhols never shied away from experimentation or getting a little weird. Formed in Portland, Oregon in 1994, the band initially invited comparisons to influences the Velvet Underground and Ride, but their cool, detached demeanours and knack for melody also provided America (and beyond) with an answer to Brit-pop. Iconic to say the least.
King Tuff: King Tuff is the neo-garage alter ego of multifaceted musician Kyle Thomas. Adopting the moniker in his teens as a play on his initials and the name King Tut, Thomas wouldn't begin playing as Tuff until 2006, when he self-released an album via CD-R between playing with freaky folk revivalists Feathers and J. Mascis' stoner metal band Witch. His full-length debut, Was Dead, arrived in October 2008 for the Colonel label, introducing his anthemic lo-fi sonics to the masses. Touring with Hunx & His Punx and Witch, and releasing an album with his off-kilter power pop band Happy Birthday, put the Tuff project on the back burner until 2011, when a split single with Hex Dispensers arrived. A year later, he teased his follow-up album with the Wild Desire single for Suicide Squeeze before offering the full monty, simply called King Tuff, which made the jump to the revered Sub Pop label and found Tuff expanding the musical palette to show his yen for retro-pop melodies. He returned in 2014 with third album Black Moon Spell, a fuzzy eruption of glam rock and funky garage pop produced by the Go's Bobby Harlow.
Saro: Los Angeles native Saro’s masterful pop-noir takes you on a genre-bending journey that cuts deep to the heart but is simultaneously elegant and alluring. His signature, soaring falsetto, rides atop brooding synths and unique instrumentation that goes from downtempo alt/R&B to electronic, orchestral works that strike a gracefully, cinematic tone.
JR JR: With an ear for Brian Wilson-esque harmony, JR JR swirl indie pop, folk, and electronic elements into one breezy package. Originally named Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. with typical irreverence, the duo of Joshua Epstein (also of the Silent Years) and Daniel Zott came together in Detroit in 2009. Working out of a basement studio, the pair worked to create a sound that was danceable without sacrificing anything in the songwriting department, merging intricate and airy melodies with solid programmed beats and synth atmospherics.
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